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United Way Day of Caring

October 1, 2014

On September 12, 2014, a group of volunteers from Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC cleaned and beautified the garden at ECMS. Their efforts made a tremendous difference in our school’s appearance.  The volunteers included:

Cyndi Locke

Alan Jowers

Will Jones

Kevin Cooper

Matt Zasada

Ana Garcia

Kaddie King

Youth Leadership Students

September 15, 2014

Youth Leadership Students Participate in a Speech Contest Sponsored by the Florida Farm Bureau

Each year, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Program sponsors a statewide youth speech contest. The contest has three levels of competition: county, district, and state. This year both South Walton High School and Walton High School Youth Leadership classes provided their students the opportunity to participate in the contest.  The participants were required to write and orally present a five minute speech on the important issue of food security in the United States and how Florida agriculture can continue to provide quality solutions for the future.

Each school selected three students to participate in the county competition that was held on Wednesday, September 10th.  Matthew Majors, a 12th grader at WHS, was awarded first place and a $100 check.  He will represent Walton County at the district competition to be held Wednesday, September 17th at the Okaloosa County Farm Bureau office.  Meredith Ricks, a 10th grade student at WHS, won 2nd place along with $75. Colin Berry, an 11th grade student at SWHS, was awarded 3rd place and a $50 check. All of the participants should be congratulated as well as the winners because it took a great deal of courage to stand up and deliver a five minute speech. 

Pictured from left to right: Joe Johnson, President of the Walton County Farm Bureau; 1st place winner, Matthew Majors; 2nd place winner, Meredith Ricks; not pictured: 3rd place winner, Colin Berry

Inlet Beach’s Remy and Millie Graham were the first brother and sister duo to each advance to the Sub Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition, representing the State of Florida.  The competition is a series of golf challenges that ultimately leads to the championship, played at the revered Augusta National.  The championship competition, created by the Masters Tournament Foundation, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America, is nationally televised immediately before the Masters.
Remy, age 11 and a student at Emerald Coast Middle School, and Millie, age 8 and a student at Bay Elementary, compete against the top ranked golfers in the world in their age groups.  Remy placed first in the local qualifier in Tallahassee and goes on to compete against competitors such as 10-year-old Allan Kournikova, brother of tennis’ Anna Kournikova.  Kournikova is a three-time World Champion and three-time European champion, last winning the European championship by 23 strokes.  Millie also plays against world-ranked athletes in her division.  Nine-year-old Girls’ World Champion, Alexa Pano, is also in contention.

New teachers for the 2014-2015 school year were officially inducted on Thursday, August 7th at the WISE Center in DeFuniak Springs. A big thank you goes out to the following businesses for their part in making the event possible: Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Olive Garden of Destin, Walmart of DeFuniak Springs, and Winn Dixie of DeFuniak Springs.

School Supply Lists

July 15, 2014

Bay Elementary School

Emerald Coast Middle School

Freeport Elementary School

Freeport Middle School

Mossyhead Elementary School

Maude Saunders Elementary School


Van R. Butler

Walton Academy

West DeFuniak Elementary School

Walton High School

Walton Middle School


ECMS Fights Cancer

June 24, 2014

The Emerald Coast Middle School BETA Club participated in the 2014 Relay for Life and raised $7,648.00 for the American Cancer Society. They were awarded the trophy as the top youth fundraising team for the Emerald Coast.  In 2013 the ECMS BETA Club received the same title by raising $5,674.00. ECMS also received the 2014 award for the Best Decorated Campsite at the Relay.

Mr. Dewayne Youngblood, representing the All Sports Association and the Northwest Florida Daily News, stopped by South Walton High School to present plaques to William Pickren (Wrestler of the Year, second from left) and Nathan Corchis (Golfer of the Year, third from left).  SWHS Athletic Director Phil Tisa is on the right.